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Los Angeles Plays Itself -- A film by Thom Andersen.

A Cinema Guild Release.

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Thom Andersen (text)
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A documentary on how Los Angeles has been used and depicted in the movies. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Long, but worth watching if you have any interest in the history of Los Angeles and how it was portrayed in film. See more (27 total) »

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Encke King ... Narrator (voice)
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Directed by
Thom Andersen 
 
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Thom Andersen (text)

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Thom Andersen .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Deborah Stratman 
 
Film Editing by
Seung-Hyun Yoo 
 
Sound Department
Thor Moser .... sound
Craig Smith .... sound
 

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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Long, but worth watching if you have any interest in the history of Los Angeles and how it was portrayed in film., 10 September 2004
Author: Rex from Silverlake, CA, USA

Thom Andersen uses hundreds of scenes from a multitude of movies throughout the past century, to express his opinions about the true Los Angeles in this cinematic essay. He takes the common opinion that Los Angeles has no discernible culture, and presents two basic reasons why this opinion is so prevalent.

1. Los Angeles used to be a culture rich city until the richer, more affluent, citizens decided that it's more profitable to have apartment complexes, high rises, and strip malls.

2. There is quite a bit of culture remaining in Los Angeles, but because everyone is too busy driving themselves from point A to point B as fast as possible, they don't see it.

Whether you agree with his opinions or not, the film is worth a look (although nearly three hours long) to see all of the footage of Los Angeles over the years, and how it portrayed LA at the time.

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